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Re: round-up

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 6:17 am
by MattyB
UMF’s NAC Title Hopes End on Friday

CASTLETON, Vt. – University of Maine at Farmington baseball (23-16) let a pair of late leads slip away on Friday in the North Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament. The Beavers were topped by Husson University (22-19) in the first game, 6-5, after ten innings and lost in the elimination game to Thomas College (20-19), 8-4.

UMF jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Husson game in the first inning after forcing an infield error. In the third inning, the Beavers increased the lead to 2-0 after Ben Keene (Livermore, Maine/Spruce Mountain) crushed an RBI triple to right field.

After Husson answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning, Jimmy Parks (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) gave UMF a two-run advantage again with an RBI single through the right side.

The Beavers tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth inning but Husson tied the game with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Alex Chapman belted a grand slam over the right field fence to tie the game at 5-5.

UMF had scoring chances in the ninth and tenth inning but could not plate an eventual game-winning run.

In the bottom of the tenth, Husson drew the bases loaded and scored a suicide bunt play. Dan Whitney started running for home and Cam Archer laid down a bunt and UMF’s throw home was too late.

UMF’s two-through-four hitters in the lineup combined to hit 7-for-12 with three runs scored and two RBI. Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan) had three hits, including two doubles.

The loss did not phase the Beavers early in the Thomas game as the offense scored four runs in the first four innings.

Thomas came roaring back with three runs through the first four innings and then plated five runs on five hits in the sixth inning for the final margin of victory.

Hisler and Keen both made the North Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team.
After breaking the all-time hits record earlier in the season Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) finished his career with 127 hits to set the new all-time record. Grady topped Sean Cabaniss (Vassalboro, Maine/Erskine Academy) by one hit for the record.

UMaine-Farmington finished the season with 23 wins, the most in program history for a single season.

Re: round-up

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:30 pm
by MattyB
Husson overcomes Thomas; Face Spartans in NAC Title Game

CASTLETON, Vt. - Ryan Rebar, JT Whitten and Dan Whitney help propel the Husson University baseball team to their 10th North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship title game in the last 12 years with a 6-1 victory over Thomas College in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Field.

Husson (23-20) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rebar led off the game with an infield single to third base, then moved around on a Whitten single and a wild pitch before scoring on a Julien Boone groundout to second base.

Rebar also scored the game's second run when he came home on a Mike Wong double to left center in the third inning.

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Re: round-up

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 11:07 pm
by MattyB

Re: round-up

PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 6:01 am
by MattyB
Husson falls in NAC Championship

Castleton, Vt - The Husson University baseball team fell to Castleton this afternoon with a score of 6-5 giving the Spartans their third straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.

The Spartans trailed 4-1 after five innings of play, but a five-run sixth turned things around for the squad, as they became the first team in conference history to capture three consecutive titles. Castleton improves to 32-10 on the season and clinches a berth in the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament. The pairings for the tournament will be released next Sunday evening. The Eagles, meanwhile, finish their year at 23-21 overall.

Jim Buckley led the Spartan attack, collecting two of the squad's seven hits. The junior went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and one RBI. Taylor Vile reached base three times and drove in one run, while Dillon Benham turned in a 1-for-3 display with one RBI and two runs scored. For Husson, Julien Boone paced the squad, notching three hits with two runs scored, while Christian Corneil went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

After struggling early on, Steven Jurkiewicz settled down to pick up his sixth win of the year. The southpaw went eight innings, allowing five runs (four earned) with four strikeouts.Michael LaBeau, who was named the NAC All-Tournament MVP, picked up his second save of the tournament after throwing a scoreless ninth. Robert Graff took the loss despite a solid outing, giving up six runs (two earned) with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

Husson got off to a quick start in the contest, scoring three runs from five hits in the top of the second to take an early lead. The Eagles began the frame with back-to-back base hits before Sam Huston's bunt moved runners into scoring position. Corneil followed with an RBI single to right, and Alex Chapman's bunt down the third-base line in the next at-bat brought home the second run of the game. Ryan Rebar topped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give Husson a 3-0 lead.

After the Eagles tacked on a fourth run in the top of the fourth, the Spartans had their first real scoring chance of the day in the bottom half of the frame. Dylan Watts was walked to start the inning before a pair of batters struck out. Graff then walked Vile and Dan Errico to load the bases, but Castleton couldn't take advantage, as Zach Bahan struck out looking to end the scoring threat.

The Spartans cut their deficit to three with a run in the fifth before scoring five more in the sixth to take their first lead of the game. Buckley began the rally with a solo shot to left, followed by a single from Mitchell Caron. Nick Patierne and Dylan Bailey were walked to load the bases for Benham, who slapped a run-scoring infield single. Castleton scored three more runs in the frame, capped off by a throwing error that allowed the hosts to claim a 6-4 lead.

Husson didn't give up, however, and seemed poised to tie the game after cutting the gap back to one in the eighth. A pair of defensive miscues allowed Alex Chapman to score and put runners on first and second with two outs for Dan Whitney. The senior shortstop stepped up to the plate and sent a diving ball into short left field. Errico was charging and made a fantastic sliding catch to end the inning. LaBeau came in to close and tossed a scoreless ninth, puntuacted with a game-ending strikeout to lift Castleton to its third straight title.

In addition to being named Tournament MVP, LeBeau was named to the All-Tournament Team with teammates Deagan Poland, Sam Spencer and Errico.

All-Tournament Team
Mike LaBeau - Castleton - MVP
Deagan Poland - Castleton
Sam Spencer - Castleton
Dan Errico - Castleton
Sam Huston - Husson
J.T. Whitten - Husson
Dan Whitney - Husson
Domonic Esposito - Thomas
Nik Beeson - Thomas
Ben Keene - UMaine-Farmington
Trevor Hisler - UMaine-Farmington

For the Printable Tournament Bracket - click HERE.

Re: round-up

PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 5:57 am
by MattyB
UMass Boston baseball eliminates USM in league tourney

BOSTON — The top-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons built an early 5-0 lead, and then hung on over the final three innings to defeat the second-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies 5-3 in an elimination game of the Little East Conference Championship Tournament Thursday at Monan Field.

The loss eliminates the Huskies, the defending champions, from the tournament after two straight losses. USM lost its opener to Eastern Connecticut State University 13-6 on Wednesday.

The Huskies, 29-13 overall, now must wait until Monday morning to hear if they receive an at-large berth to the NCAA national championship tournament that begins next week.

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Re: round-up

PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 6:09 am
by MattyB
Monks Fall to Engineers in Season Finale, 14-7

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT rattled off 10 runs during the first three innings en route to a 14-7 non-conference baseball victory over Saint Joseph's College (Maine) on Thursday. Sophomore Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) went 3-for-3 while tallying a pair of doubles, runs, walks, and one RBI for the Engineers (21-14). Greg Emanuelson led the way for the Monks (26-15) with a 2-for-3 performance that included two RBI.

MIT jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Sophomore Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.) started things off by doubling down the leftfield line and later scored on senior Alec Echevarria's (Chula Vista, Calif.) single to left center. Senior Nate Rodman (Corvallis, Ore.) cleared the bases with a single to right center, plating Filiere and Echevarria. The Engineers posted two more runs as a fly ball by senior Kendall Helbert (St. Louis, Mo.) was dropped in leftfield, which allowed sophomore Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.) and Rodman to score.

The Cardinal and Gray tacked on another run in the next frame, increasing its advantage to 6-0, but Saint Joseph's generated five runs in the top of the third. After reaching first base on a fielding error, Joey Murphy advanced to third courtesy of Jonathan Panaro's double to right center. Taylor Reuillard grounded out to first base which pushed Murphy across the plate. A double to left field by Nic Lops brought Panaro home and then he scored following a throwing error on Dennis Meehan's hit. Another infield error put Max McCoomb on base while the throw moved both runners into scoring position. Emanuelson kept the two-out rally going as his single to left center emptied the bases and brought the visitors within one (6-5).

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